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Cell Weakness Targeted to Treat Breast Cancer

Researchers in England are exploring a potential new breast cancer treatment that would take advantage of a genetic weakness in cancer cells that normal cells do not have. The new discovery could lead to more effective and easier treatment for millions of people affected by the disease.

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Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is currently focused on the eponymous series, "Joe's Big Idea." Stories in the series explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. Palca is also the founder of NPR Scicommers – A science communication collective.